Bengaluru: Forget cabs, quadricycles is the new Uber game
Bajaj Qute, the quadricycle, can be booked on UberXS. The option is available only in areas like Indiranagar, Koramangala, HSR Layout and parts of Outer Ring Road. The service will be rolled out in other parts of the city in phases.
Bengaluru: What is between an auto and a cab? A quadricycle! Uber, the app-based aggregator, along with Bajaj Auto on Thursday launched the micromini four-wheeler in Bengaluru.
Bajaj Qute, the quadricycle, can be booked on UberXS. The option is available only in areas like Indiranagar, Koramangala, HSR Layout and parts of the Outer Ring Road. The service will be rolled out in other parts of the city in phases.
Uber said that the price for UberXS will be somewhere between the price of autorickshaws and cabs, reports stated. But the transport department is yet to fix prices for UberXS.
Qute is a quadricycle, a four-wheeler passenger vehicle, which is lighter than a regular passenger car. It can accommodate a driver along with three other passengers. The vehicle can be fuelled by CNG or petrol and has an average mileage of 43 km per kg and 35 km per kg respectively. This makes the daily urban commuting more affordable and environment-friendly, reports said.
Reports also stated that Bajaj Qute is the first quadricycle of India and the vehicle is expected to prove to be an ideal solution for traffic congestion and pollution. Powered by a lightweight 216cc 4-valve water-cooled DTSi with closed loop fuel injection system, the vehicle has high fuel efficiency.
A Bajaj Auto official said that currently they have registered only 15 quadricycles as city taxis under the transport department.
According to Karnataka’s On Demand Transportation Technology Aggregators (ODTTA) rules, at least 100 vehicles need to be owned by the aggregator or by individual taxi permit holders to get a licence.
ODTTA rules state that the minimum and maximum fares that can be charged for vehicles that cost below Rs 5 lakh is between Rs 11 per km and Rs 22 per km. With respect to pricing, Uber’s quadricycles are likely to charge the same fare to its passengers.